Canvas Draw
Canvas Draw
6.0

5.0

Canvas Draw free download for Mac

Canvas Draw

6.0
15 August 2019

Universal Graphics Tool.

Overview

Canvas Draw is a powerful software specifically designed to make it possible for small business owners, designers, illustrators, and professionals to advertise and communicate with confidence.

It helps you to visualize your workflow with a diverse content creation tool able to combine adaptable text, image, object, and effect elements in a single document. Canvas Draw 5 services the creation of mechanical documentation, including assembly, maintenance, and repair instructions. Rapidly illustrate complicated procedures, processes, and workflows with the convenient application of built-in templates and over 2000 symbols. Designed for business professionals and creatives alike, Canvas Draw 5's comprehensive set of vector object and advanced raster image editing tools make it easy to take your operation to the next level. Visual Communication for Professionals Quickly create, customize, and add to tables with no fuss or learning curve. Copy data directly into your tables from Excel or other sources. Tailor cell borders, size, and look and feel to your needs, or make them invisible. Branding & Vector Illustration Canvas Draw makes your creative marketing efforts easy and dynamic with an integrated design environment. With an extensive collection of symbols, a wide range of file compatibility, and advanced editing tools, you can paint, draw, select, retouch, color correct, and clone your way to seamless designs, typography, and branding. Real Estate & Computer-aided Design Communicate the characteristics of a space by blowing up specific areas, creating 3D vector and text objects, tracing out features and converting them to paths, and much more. Reach your audience by creating composites, touching up images, using transparency effects, and a variety of industry-leading tools and filters. Blueprints & Technical Illustration Create blueprints, floor plans, scale drawings, architectural designs, and other technical drawings with measured definitude and placement. Snap objects into exact positions relative to each other, draw from center points, define scale, systematically align, display sizes, add labels, callouts, or comments, create flowchart diagrams.

What's new in Canvas Draw

Version 6.0:
  • Fixed bug in which RGB or CMYK inks edited in the Attributes palette did not have the same ink names when they are applied to other objects.
  • Fixed bug in which a stroke, dash, or arrow could not be applied to vector objects by dragging it from the Presets list in the Attributes palette.
  • Fixed bug in which files saved as DXF or DWG could not be opened with AutoCAD® properly.
  • Fixed bug in which anti-alias was not applied to render objects with a clipping path when the clipping path was a group.
  • Fixed bug in which ink names of gradients, textures, symbols, and patterns would be lost when vector objects were copied and pasted.
  • Full list of changes available here.

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ash-f
10 July 2016

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Too late for a party. Now much superior Affinity Designer is available and this Canvas is crippled version of Canvas X. Besides price is more than 4 times higher than Affinity! (It's not $99 but $199!) Disappointed after many years. They need more effort like Serif.
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Version 2.0
x9329724
01 August 2019
Canvas Draw 6.0 (yes there is a 6.0 version now MacUpdate), decided to upgrade to it from 2 after Canvas Draw 2 would have fairly frequent launch failures in its new Mojave digs. A bit of an issue getting it to take my registration key (had to invoke customer support), but ironed it out fairly quickly enough once we went the offline registration route (with his help). Now I'm up to date for the time being and no more startup crashes (knock on wood). Upgrade price was a bit steep ($99), but at least I could skip several versions and still get the somewhat friendlier price.
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Version 5.0.2
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rwebber
rwebber
15 August 2019
I've paid for every upgrade since 1 - though they gave everyone 2 for free. So still $99 to go from 5 to 6. I declined. Too steep for me and I've been with Canvas since 1989 or so when it was Deneba and Manny Mendez. They need to structure that upgrade pricing. Great alternatives with perpetual licenses are available for less than their upgrade price.
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Powercc
15 September 2017
The new pricing model of Canvas 4 is a joke - no really new function but a yearly maintenance price and usable only on one Mac. The GUI is old fashion, it's only in english available - Affinity Designer has a much better value. It's really very disappointing because I used it since the day it come from deneba
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Version 4.0.1
1 answer(s)
OhEssex
OhEssex
07 February 2019
I hear you about only being able to use it on one machine at a time - that's just ridiculous. They do allow you to install it on all of your machines but when you want to use it at a different location you need to deauthorize the computer you were using and authorize it on the one you're about to use. God help you if the internet is down and you've got real work to do at your other location/computer. A well deserved pox on ACD Systems for subjecting it's users to this disgusting system. I also agree that the updates that constitute a new version number are underwhelming and in effect function just like a yearly maintenance fee. Canvas was once the most beloved software on my Mac. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it's been revived but I detest how they're going about things...
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ash-f
10 July 2016
Too late for a party. Now much superior Affinity Designer is available and this Canvas is crippled version of Canvas X. Besides price is more than 4 times higher than Affinity! (It's not $99 but $199!) Disappointed after many years. They need more effort like Serif.
Like (5)
Version 2.0
1 answer(s)
Kihoalu
Kihoalu
17 March 2017
I think its at version 3. However I have to cringe.

Canvas was slick back in its day from Deneba, was bought & the Mac version all but strangled in the crib ~15 yrs ago. (Or was it mid-1990’s on MacOS7 & 8?) Back then it was close to competitive with Illustrator & other apps & beat everybody on import/export formats.

I’ve glanced at it since, but never fully test driven it.
At version 3 its coming back. It feels as though its nearly at the level it was in its heyday - in today’s standard, yet it retains a Windowsy feel & that’s just not good.

Graphic ( formerly iDraw) may be on the same trajectory as Canvas once was.

$200 is $100 too much, imo.
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Miner
01 December 2015
The much improved v2 is out, as a free upgrade. I am soooooo happy Canvas is back!
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Version 1.0
3 answer(s)
Prlab
Prlab
11 December 2015
And it is much improved but there is more competition out there now (Graphic, Affinity Designer, etc). I was a long time Canvas user but have moved on. Perhaps if they offered it for $40, like Affinity does, I'd get back into it.
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OhEssex
OhEssex
28 January 2016
It's the end of January and MacUpdate are still showing that version 1 is the current version instead of version 2
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OhEssex
OhEssex
29 January 2016
I guess they read the comments - that oversight is now corrected...
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magnicc
21 November 2015
Finally. The one and only vector and bitmap app!
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Version 1.0
OhEssex
09 October 2015
FYI: This has just been updated to version 1.01. You can upgrade from within the application or get it from: http://www.canvasx.com/en/products/canvas-draw
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Version 1.0
Frankp
24 August 2015
I liked Canvas in it's past life, then it was destroyed and now seems to be coming back. I'd like to buy it, but that seems impossible. Their web site refuses to accept any credit card I have (including ones I use daily). Different browsers are no help. They have an 800 number on their site, but it only drops you into voice mail telling you to leave a message and they may call you back. Basically the worst type of customer service. I have to question the company's viability if they can't even take orders.
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Version 1.0
Stefanoaz
22 August 2015
This is pretty much the core of the former Canvas-X, and that is all some of us need. It is the only program I've found that can handle some of the postscript drawings I give it, import them without losing (or mangling) any information, and allow me to individually edit any element of the vector graphics arbitrarily. Inkscape, Gimp, and many other graphics programs have all failed this test for me.

I find it invaluable for formatting my drawings for embedding in documents.
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Version 1.0
Prlab
17 August 2015
Lucky I only registered for the trial. The program does not allow me to open a new document from the menu. In fact I have to quit and choose from the pre-set templates. It certainly doesn't allow me to open old files. I used Canvas for many years and probably won't do so again. Back to iDraw.
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Version 1.0
3 answer(s)
OhEssex
OhEssex
17 August 2015
At the bottom of the templates form there is a button to open any existing file. Go that route. Afterwards you can close that file and continue on opening files normally with cmd-O or from the file menu.
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Prlab
Prlab
18 August 2015
The advice about going to the bottom of the templates palette is taken. However, when saving and quitting a document the templates palette does not appear, and neither does the menu for creating a new one (it is greyed-out). Also, the shortcut CMD+N does not function. Seems like basic stuff.
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OhEssex
OhEssex
18 August 2015
Strange - I don't see this. If you open a file via the button at the bottom of the templates window and later close it, there is access to cmd-N and cmd-O and everything else that's normal. Cmd-N opens a new file and does so by bringing up the templates window. I think the only thing missing is what I see in a few other programs that work like this i.e. a check box in the templates window to say "Don't Show This Again".
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OhEssex
17 August 2015
It is so very good to finally have Canvas back on the Mac, albeit CanvasDraw is effectively Canvas-lite. The full version of Canvas is supposedly coming later in the year. The only reason I keep a snow leopard system around is so I can run Canvas - even today I use it to create new drawings. Admittedly the fully blown Canvas program will be priced out of reach for many people, but Canvas Draw (at it's current price point) really does bring back to the Mac a drawing program "for the rest of us".

At present, it's a 1.0 release and it has several bugs and annoyances, but they'll hopefully get addressed. It has a remarkable set of features and it really has the potential to just displace everything else. If I was a budget priced drawing program developer I'd be shaking in my boots right about now...

For now, my main concern is how effectively and how often ACD Systems deal with the bugs. It would also be nice if they provided details about a subsequent to the full version when that is released.
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Version 1.0
1 answer(s)
Stefanoaz
Stefanoaz
22 August 2015
I also kept Snow leopard just to be able to run Canvas. This is the only program - I've tried many - that enabled me to import certain forms of vector graphics, and individually edit any element in them. Canvas Draw restores that capability.
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5.0

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